[quote="UncleLar, post:12, topic:330"].... Has he ever come back to as a celebrity for Coaches vs Cancer, The Second Mile, etc. Just show me something that indicates he's done something for PSU or the community that wasn't self serving.[/quote]
If he comes back for, say, Coaches vs Cancer just to put in appearances and keep his contacts open, isn’t that in itself self-serving? Kind of gets back to the argument we had about THON a while back…
I’d be more upset at Brian Allen not getting a shot if it’s because he’s pre-B10 PSU.
If that were the only reason that he was coming back, then certainly, yes. But if he had been coming back and doing something, I might give him the benefit of the doubt. But as I see it now, he’s done nothing for the school or the community since he’s left.
I can understand why the B10 might prefer having just former players do the BTN games. If BA tells stories about the old days and PSU’s big games in the Atlantic 10 against St Bonaventure or Rhode Island, it’s not going to resonate quite the same as telling tales about going up against Cassie Russell or Magic Johnson. The BTN wants to hype its brand and I see nothing particularly wrong with that.
Here’s a quote from the BTN’s VP for Production when they announced their broadcasting lineups last year.
“We couldn’t be more excited about having such a talented lineup for our studio and game coverage. These play-by-play announcers and analysts have a great understanding of the history and tradition of the Big Ten and many of these individuals themselves are a part of that legacy,” said Leon Schweir, Big Ten Network Executive Producer and Vice President for Production.
Where possible they want Big Ten guys doing their games. I may not like it but I can understand it. I just don’t consider Jon Crispin a “Big Ten guy” since he deserted the conference.